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Stay in Suru Valley

Hamlet In A Remote Valley

Visit the Himalayan hamlet where the green valleys of Kashmir and barren valleys of Ladakh meet

Why we love this homestay?
  • Amidst the colorful mountains
  • Ancestral Ladakhi mud houses
Shakma Karpo Homestays

Shakma Karpo is a small hamlet situated in Suru Valley – that undoubtedly is the most beautiful mountain valley of Ladakh. It is where the lush green valleys of Kashmir and the barren valleys of Ladakh meet. Post Kargil town, the road towards Zanskar Valley is full of stunning views. The communities living in this region are still living the most authentic lifestyle of Ladakh. The village is an ideal location to stop while driving from Kargil to Padum,  Zanskar Valley, or the other way. 

Homestay features
  • A free responsible traveller’s kit with a towel, toiletries, women's hygiene products and sanitiser and a local trail mix of sundried summer fruits and nuts!
  • Himalayan Tourism Information Server
  • Traditional, eco-friendly dry toilet
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Solar powered homestay with no power cuts!
  • First-aid
Your host - Dorjey
  • Warm, authentic hospitality
  • Knowhow on Suru Valley's most scenic spots
  • Languages spoken - Ladakhi, Hindi, Urdu

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Dorjey has been Mountain Homestay Host since 2018 and has always provided excellent service to his guest. He loves to give his guest a village walk and explain the local culture. He is a popular man in the village due to his helpful nature. He and his family are always excited to offer warm hospitality to their guests.

Enjoy organic local food!
  • Local specialities - Mok Mok and Yak Cheese
  • ‘Organic’ local food
  • Dining area with traditional kitchenware

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The supplies in the villages come from far and not on daily basis, but the villagers grow their own vegetables and fruits. The local delicacies Mok Moks, Barley bread with tea, and Thukpa are the must-try for every visitor. Cheese and butter made out of Yak milk is a staple food of locals. See local women using unique equipment to make cheese, butter, and the most famous butter tea.

Explore the unexplored!
  • Road connecting Kargil to Padum
  • Penzi La and Drang Drung Glacier (3-4 Hrs Drive)
  • 18th century built Rangdum Monastery (4-4 Hrs. Drive)

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The village is situated in such a place that it is easy to spend a couple of days and just experience the serenity of the place. You will find picturesque views all around your homestay. One can take a village walk, interact with locals, and see the local life closely as the villagers are very friendly and approachable. Spend a day in the village and experience the silence while you are on the journey to Zanskar Valley or back from there.

What it includes?

Overnight stay
Village tour
Traveler’s kit
First aid facility

What it excludes?

Any personal expenses
Transportation to village
Additional Meals – Lunch, Dinner
Visa/Travel insurance
Room service fee

Is this Homestay right for you?

Are you choosing this homestay because you need some time away from your urban life? Does living in a mud house in the mountains truly excite you? If your answer is yes, start packing your bags now! You might not get uninterrupted internet here, but you’ll be far too busy exploring the most breathtaking, most unseen corners of the trans-Himalayas, to miss your Twitter feed and news updates. The greatest luxury here is spending your days under a bright, blue sky at a beautiful mountain destination, getting freshly cooked organic food for every meal, and swapping stories with locals, who open their doors and hearts to you!

Hear from communities

  • Guests like to eat our Ladakhi food. They say it is delicious, even when it is prepared by an elderly ama (mother) like me. I always make sure I serve them the cleanest and healthiest food. My husband is a copper artist. When guests leave us, they say ‘Julley’, and hug us. It makes us feel happy.

    Tsering Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Sumda Chun
  • I became a Mountain Homestay Host in 2018, and I have hosted many travellers since then. Running a homestay has helped me and my family a lot. Not only is the solar set up in our house useful for us, but even travellers prefer to stay in our homestay because of it.

    Rigzin Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Photolalok
  • The training we got in astronomy turned out to be a life-changing experience for our village. I felt happy and proud while mapping the position of the planets and sharing the secrets of the universe with the tourists. Tourists told me that even they didn’t know so much about the dark skies!

    Tsewang Dorjey
    Astropreneur - Maan
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